Friday Link Love

Oh hello, happy Friday! It’s my last day in the Outer Banks (feeling sad).

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One of the best things about spending a week at the beach is cramming in tons of reading. I don’t typically have make time for all the reading I wish I could do in my normal life. For me this means catching up on blogs, articles, audio books and novels. Since not much else is going on in my life this week, I figured I’d share my favorite reads from around the web througout this post.

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Life Lately

 

This post is a bit all over the place, so please excuse my mess. I’ve been on a roll lately, getting two posts a week out to you guys and last week I left you hanging. I won’t lie, it feels like a failure. The truth is, I sat down to write last week, but I couldn’t gather my thoughts enough to write anything cohesive. I wanted to share about the heartwarming joy I felt watching my god-daughter get baptized…

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Eating Together

I’ve been spending the week at the beach with my Grandma trying to take notes on arriving at 93 ½ years of age vibrantly full of life. I’ve been noticing she is a pro at adapting, relating, and enjoying the company of others.

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It sounds so simple, but then I think how often I get caught up in my own schedule, life is too often reduced to checking boxes. I give up the enjoyment of eating with others because I need to apply for this, work on that, or make it to yoga. In an increasingly fast-paced era moving toward isolation, it is good to be reminded to slow down and appreciate the company of others.

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My grandma (picture 93, Jewish and from the Bronx) won’t settle for the “I’ve got to run”, “Let me eat while I’m typing” or the “I’m not hungry.” Instead, we set the table, have a routine glass of wine (with the exception of breakfast), and enjoy our meals together. Somehow food tastes better when you take the time to eat it with others. It’s slower with more time to taste the food, to recognize what you’re eating, and discuss if you actually enjoy it. These things get lost when we eat with our faces in the screen or our hands on the steering wheel.

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Sure, I get reminded to eat slower but it comes along with stories from the 1940s, about how my grandpa was about to leave the Jewish Community Center Dance when my grandma walked in and he changed his mind about leaving. Instead, he spent the whole night dancing with my grandma’s friend to find out about my grandma…then called her up the next day (yup, they did it back then too) or how my grandparents went on two full dates until they decided to cancel their oversea trips to be together.

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I think the lesson is slowing down. It’s taking the time to notice and enjoy life while you have it.

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Father’s Day Weekend Recap

 

I know it’s Tuesday but stick with me. The past weekend came and went faster than I could grasp. The highlight was celebrating my main man…Dad and crabs

With two of his favorite things, scotch and crabs, swallowed down by these messy-to-make but delcious- cookie dough cupcakes from Annie’s Eats (thanks for setting the bar high) he requests them every year.

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Good thing he’s worth it…Oh and don’t worry we snuck some veggies in there as well…

 

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As I’ve been alluding to, I’m gearing up for a big life change and my thoughts and feelings have been all over the place lately. This week I’m taking a much-needed vacation at the beach with my grandma to relax and slow down so I can process and grasp the changes that are about to occur. I’m in Ocean City MAryland, a place I’ve been coming to my whole life. There is something comforting being in a familar place in a time like this. You can expect some beach updates this week :)

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